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Graduation Details and Other Important Information for Seniors

Dear Class of 2018 and your Parents,

Congratulations! It is time to celebrate with your family and friends. We have compiled some information for you with important details about the following:

  1. Graduation Details (including practice schedule) 
  2. Graduation Expectations 
  3. Final Transcripts 
  4. Important announcement from Mr. Fiala 


  1. Graduation Practice will be held on Wednesday, May 23 from 9 to 9:25 a.m., which is immediately before the Mother-Son Mass in the Abbey Church. This is a change from a previous email that indicated we would practice after the Mass. PLEASE PLAN ON ATTENDING THIS PRACTICE AND ARRIVE PROMPTLY AT 9 SO WE MAY BEGIN IMMEDIATELY!
  2. Graduation Mass will begin at 1 pm in the Abbey Church.
  3. Arrival and Parking: There is a parish Mass that will end at noon. Please do not arrive before noon as we want to give the parishioners a chance to clear the parking lot prior to your family and friend’s arrivals.
  4. Seating is on a first-come basis (with the exception of those who purchased reserved seating at Xanadu). Courtesy dictates that each student and his parent(s) will invite a reasonable number of guests to attend the graduation Mass and ceremony. The students will sit together as a class in the reserved rows on either side of the organ (first 3 rows of sophomore and junior bays). At Mass, the students may sit wherever they would like in these reserved rows. At the Graduation Ceremony, students will be in alphabetical order.
  5. After the Mass, there will be an approximate 10-minute break when the students and faculty line up for the formal procession. The lineup will be outside the East Door (the door facing the High School). If it is raining, the line up will be in the main hall of the High School.
  6. The Graduation Ceremony takes a bit more than an hour typically. Immediately following the ceremony, we will take a formal class picture in the church and a few other pictures that will be announced at the end of the ceremony. Family and friends are invited to go to the Weld Center in the High School (the lobby and Commons) for a reception. Graduates, you will join us immediately following the class photo.


  1. This is a formal Pontifical Mass, so please dress appropriately. This means no blazers straight from the box of things you brought home from your locker and lost and found. Clean and pressed clothes politely requested. It also is requested that you have trimmed hair.
  2. Please make sure you shake the hands of Abbot Thomas, Father Gregory and Dr. Rashford after receiving your diploma or, if you are receiving an award, after you are presented with your award.
  3. SMILE! Remember, you are the star of the day... there will be lots of pictures!


Your final official transcript will be submitted the first week of June to the college that you notified us you will be attending. We will also send an unofficial copy of your final transcript to you at that time. We will submit final official transcripts to the NCAA for all students whom we know are playing sports in college. You will receive a note if your transcript was sent to the NCAA Eligibility Clearinghouse.

If you need an additional official transcript sent to anywhere, please notify Mrs. Frentzel at or at 314-434-3690, ext. 142.


If you have any team uniforms or other equipment still, you must return all by Wednesday, May 23 to Mr. Fiala.

Congratulations! We we are very excited to celebrate your accomplishments with you and your family.


Mrs. Collier, Mrs. Hostnik and Mrs. Frentzel (The College Counseling Office)
Mrs. Collier
and Mr. Santa Cruz (Senior Form Sponsors)

“Listen carefully, my son, to the master’s instructions, and attend to them with the ear of your heart.”

Prologue, 1

“This is advice from a father who loves you; welcome it, and faithfully put it into practice.”

Prologue, 1

“First of all, every time you begin a good work, you must pray to him most earnestly to bring it to perfection.”

Prologue, 4

“If you desire true and eternal life, keep your tongue free from vicious talk and your lips from all deceit; turn away from evil and do good; let peace be your quest and aim. (Ps 33[34]:13)”

Prologue, 17

“Clothed then with faith and the performance of good works, let us set out on this way, with the Gospel for our guide, that we may deserve to see him who has called us to his kingdom (1 Thess 2:12).”

Prologue, 21

“If we wish to dwell in the tent of this kingdom, we will never arrive unless we run there by doing good deeds.”

Prologue, 22

“What is not possible to us by nature, let us ask the Lord to supply by the help of his grace.”

Prologue, 41

“Therefore, we intend to establish a school for the Lord’s service.”

Prologue, 45

“The good of all concerned, however, may prompt us to a little strictness in order to amend faults and to safeguard love.”

Prologue, 47

“The reason why we have said all should be called for counsel is that the Lord often reveals what is better to the younger.”

Chapter 3, 3

“Your way of acting should be different from the world’s way; the love of Christ must come before all else.”

Chapter 4, 20-21

“Never give a hollow greeting of peace or turn away when someone needs your love.” –Chapter 4, 25-26

“Bind yourself to no oath lest it prove false, but speak the truth with heart and tongue.”

Chapter 4, 27-28

“Place your hope in God alone.”

Chapter 4, 41

“Respect the elders and love the young.”

Chapter 4, 70-71

“Pray for your enemies out of love for Christ. “

Chapter 4, 72

“If you have a dispute with someone, make peace with him before the sun goes down.”

Chapter 4, 73

“The first step of humility is unhesitating obedience, which comes naturally to those who cherish Christ above all.”

Chapter 5, 1-2

“Speaking and teaching are the master’s task; the disciple is to be silent and listen.”

Chapter 6, 6

“The first step of humility, then, is that a man keeps the fear of God always before his eyes (PS 35[36]:2) and never forgets it.”

Chapter 7, 10

“Let us consider, then, how we ought to behave in the presence of God and his angels, and let us stand to sing the psalms in such a way that our minds are in harmony with our voices.”

Chapter 19, 6-7

“On arising for the Work of God, they will quietly encourage each other, for the sleepy like to make excuses.”

Chapter 22, 8

“Every age and level of understanding should receive appropriate treatment.”

Chapter 30, 1

“Above all, let him be humble. If goods are not available to meet a request, he will offer a kind word in reply, for it is written: A kind word is better than the best gift (Sir 18:17).”

Chapter 31, 13-14

“Let all the rest serve one another in love.”

Chapter 35, 6

“Indeed, nothing is to be preferred to the Work of God.”

Chapter 43, 3

“Idleness is the enemy of the soul. Therefore, the brothers should have specified periods for manual labor as well as for prayerful reading.”

Chapter 48, 1

“The life of a monk ought to be a continuous Lent.”

Chapter 49, 1

“All guests who present themselves are to be welcomed as Christ, for he himself will say: I was a stranger and you welcomed me (Matt 25:35).”

Chapter 53, 1

“Proper honor must be shown to all, especially to those who share our faith (Gal 6:10) and to pilgrims.”

Chapter 53, 2

“(B)ecause wherever we may be, we are in the service of the same Lord and doing battle for the same King.”

Chapter 61, 10

They should each try to be the first to show respect to the other (Rom 12:10).”

Chapter 63, 17

“We wish this rule to be read often in the community, so that none of the brothers can offer the excuse of ignorance.”

Chapter 66, 8

“Trusting in God’s help, he must in love obey.”

Chapter 68, 5

Never to do another what you do not want done to yourself (Tob 4:16).”

Chapter 70, 7

“No one is to pursue what he judges better for himself, but instead, what he judges better for someone else.”

Chapter 72, 7

“Let them prefer nothing whatever to Christ, and may he bring us all together to everlasting life.”

Chapter 72, 11-12

“What page, what passage of the inspired books of the Old and New Testaments is not the truest of guides for human life?”

Chapter 73, 3

“What book of the holy catholic Fathers does not resoundingly summon us along the true way to reach the Creator?”

Chapter 73, 4


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